How to Learn Any Language
Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and On Your Own
Founder of the Language Club/Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
To Bibi and Celia, for the pleasure of helping teach them
their first language, followed by the pleasure of having them
then teach me their second!
Part I: My Story
A Life of Language Learning
Part II: The System
Do As I Now Say, Not As I Then Did
French or Tagalog: Choosing a Language
Gathering Your Tools
The Multiple Track Attack
Harry Lorayne’s Magic Memory Aid
Language Power to the People
Back to Basics
Last Words Before the Wedding
Part III: Appendices
The Language Club
The Principal Languages of the World
Farber’s Language Reviews
I want to thank my editor, Bruce Shostak, without whose skill and patience much of
this book would have been intelligible only to others who’ve had a blinding passion for
foreign languages since 1944. I further thank my publisher, Steven Schragis, for
venturing into publishing territory heretofore officially listed as “uninteresting”. Dr.
Henry Urbanski, Founder and Head of the New Paltz Language Immersion Institute, was
good enough to review key portions of the manuscript and offer toweringly helpful
amendments. Dr. Urbanski’s associate, Dr. Hans Weber, was supremely helpful in
safeguarding against error.
I further wish to thank all my fellow language lovers from around the world who
interrupted their conversations at practice parties of the Language Club to serve as
willing guinea pigs for my questions and experimentations in their native languages.